PDAF Successful Project Profiles - Elementary/Junior/Senior

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2011- 2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009
Track and Field in Schools: The Pole Vault Initiative in the CBVRSB Mimio™ Interactive Technology Support Technology Devices for Students with Autism Ways of Knowing about Salmon and Eels
    Fast Forword Programming - Reading Recovery  

2011-2012

Track and Field in Schools: The Pole Vault Initiative in the CBVRSB
11-12/39/EJS

School:  Sydney Academy
Grade: 4-12
School Board:  Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Jim McEachern
Team Members:   Kevin Deveaux, Joel LeBlanc

The Pole Vault Initiative involves a direct pilot introduction of the pole vault to the physical education program at Sydney Academy High School, grades 10-12.

This program will introduce school faculty to pole vault technique and drills to be incorporated in physical education curriculum and in drills for other sports. The program will allow students in the school programs to obtain technique and drills to enhance flexibility, speed and strength, with injury prevention benefits. The Initiative will appeal to groups of students not yet enrolled in school sport or perhaps not yet obtaining maximum benefit of physical education classes.

The pole vault resource will be made available to all other schools, senior high and junior high, in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB).

The program module will be created using existing available video analysis technology, local and provincial/Atlantic support staff and their expertise, while utilizing the pole vault equipment purchased for the program through the strong support of generous partners of  Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union PDAF Program and Nova  Scotia Health Promotion and Wellness.

Phase One was scheduled for completion in January 2012, with purchase of the pole vault landing system. Phase Two is schedule for February – March 2012 with an  Instructor – Student Clinic with in-servicing for Physical Education staff and other interested resource staff. Phase Three comprises student practice to take place March - June 2012 as part of the physical education module.

Participants would complete the evaluation form and this would be reviewed by program coordinators in June, 2012.

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2010-2011

Mimio™ Interactive Technology Support
10-11/48/EJS

School:  Hants North Rural High School
Grade: P-12
School Board:  Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Patricia Pertus
Team Members: Charmaine Wilkie, Debbie Thomas  

With our world becoming a more multi-media environment, the Mimio™ interactive technology, which is simply a bar containing infrared and ultrasound sensor technology, can transform any dry erase board into an interactive whiteboard.  This will allow our teachers to present to their students a more engaging lesson that will not only promote an interest in learning, but meet the various learning styles within the classroom.  Included with this technology are components; such as, MimioTM Vote, which will be used to enhance teacher assessment of students' understanding in a more readily and flexible manner.  Also, the portability of the MimioTM will open the door of all classrooms to a world of opportunities that are otherwise inaccessible to our students.

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2009-2010

Using and Testing Handheld Portable Assistive Technology Devices to Support Students with Autism
09-10/15/EJS

School:  Hebbville Academy
Grade: 5-12
School Board:  South Shore Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Catherine Rahey
Team Members:  Yvonne Rafuse

The iPod Touch is a powerful portable device that has the potential to provide students with Autism Spectrum Disorder a wide variety of "on the go" daily supports. From list making options to visual timers this portable device is proving to be a powerful education and communication tool for students with ASD. This grant will provide 10 iPod Touches to students with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. APPS including Visual Timer can monitor and set limits on classroom activities. The students will be taught how to use the devices, as will their teams. A variety of APPs will allow students to be independent and learn to self monitor their activities noted on their daily schedules, picture based schedules can easily be developed by the classroom teacher and support workers using 1000 Words (currently in Beta test mode) and Proloquo2Go is an APP that provides affordable and engaging Augmentative and Alternative Communication supports to specific students. These are just a few APPS that we will be testing and implementing in our school system to support students with ASD.

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Fast Forword Programming
09-10/48/EJS

School:  Whycocomagh Education Centre
Grade: P-12
School Board:  Strait Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Betsy Jardine
Team Members:  Debbie MacKay, Mary Humphrey, Ann Whalley

The Fast Forword Project Team from Whycocomagh Education Centre will target reading development in children that have exhausted current options for reading. Fast Forword is designed on the latest neurological research in which the brain is no longer viewed as unchangeable, but as an active organ that continues to change and develop new pathways throughout its life. 

Learning maps developed through the intensive programming target improvements in memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing. The program adjusts itself to the child becoming increasingly more challenging as the students improve in performance and lessens in difficulty if the child is struggling, maintaining a ratio of success for the child.

The program will be implemented in a short term intensive manner. The students will have their schedule changed to allow them to use the Fast Forword technology for 30-90 minutes daily for 10-12 weeks.  Installing the program to a laptop will allow easy sharing amongst three schools within the Strait region.

This program claims to improve a child's reading ability 1.3 years in 12 weeks of 90 minute per day programming. Testing with children in different geographic locations within the Strait Regional Board will help to determine the software's effectiveness.

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2008-2009

Ways of Knowing About Salmon & Eels
08-09/39/EJS

School:  North Queens School
School Board:  South Shore Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Sylvia Moore
Team Members:  Yvette Rawding

In "Ways of Knowing About Salmon and Eels: Integrating Mi'kmaq and Scientific Learning at North Queens School", the school and the community of Wildcat First Nation will work together to create this cross-grade, cross-curricula project focused on the life cycle of salmon and eels and the interrelationship of all life on earth. The salmon eggs will hatch in an aquarium located in the school and the eels will be housed in an aquarium in the First Nations community. The project will culminate in the release of the salmon and eels at a gathering that includes a Mi'kmaq drumming ceremony.

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PDAF Successful Project Profiles - Elementary/Junior/Senior

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2011- 2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009
Track and Field in Schools: The Pole Vault Initiative in the CBVRSB Mimio™ Interactive Technology Support Technology Devices for Students with Autism Ways of Knowing about Salmon and Eels
    Fast Forword Programming - Reading Recovery  

2011-2012

Track and Field in Schools: The Pole Vault Initiative in the CBVRSB
11-12/39/EJS

School:  Sydney Academy
Grade: 4-12
School Board:  Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Jim McEachern
Team Members:   Kevin Deveaux, Joel LeBlanc

The Pole Vault Initiative involves a direct pilot introduction of the pole vault to the physical education program at Sydney Academy High School, grades 10-12.

This program will introduce school faculty to pole vault technique and drills to be incorporated in physical education curriculum and in drills for other sports. The program will allow students in the school programs to obtain technique and drills to enhance flexibility, speed and strength, with injury prevention benefits. The Initiative will appeal to groups of students not yet enrolled in school sport or perhaps not yet obtaining maximum benefit of physical education classes.

The pole vault resource will be made available to all other schools, senior high and junior high, in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB).

The program module will be created using existing available video analysis technology, local and provincial/Atlantic support staff and their expertise, while utilizing the pole vault equipment purchased for the program through the strong support of generous partners of  Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union PDAF Program and Nova  Scotia Health Promotion and Wellness.

Phase One was scheduled for completion in January 2012, with purchase of the pole vault landing system. Phase Two is schedule for February – March 2012 with an  Instructor – Student Clinic with in-servicing for Physical Education staff and other interested resource staff. Phase Three comprises student practice to take place March - June 2012 as part of the physical education module.

Participants would complete the evaluation form and this would be reviewed by program coordinators in June, 2012.

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2010-2011

Mimio™ Interactive Technology Support
10-11/48/EJS

School:  Hants North Rural High School
Grade: P-12
School Board:  Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Patricia Pertus
Team Members: Charmaine Wilkie, Debbie Thomas  

With our world becoming a more multi-media environment, the Mimio™ interactive technology, which is simply a bar containing infrared and ultrasound sensor technology, can transform any dry erase board into an interactive whiteboard.  This will allow our teachers to present to their students a more engaging lesson that will not only promote an interest in learning, but meet the various learning styles within the classroom.  Included with this technology are components; such as, MimioTM Vote, which will be used to enhance teacher assessment of students' understanding in a more readily and flexible manner.  Also, the portability of the MimioTM will open the door of all classrooms to a world of opportunities that are otherwise inaccessible to our students.

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2009-2010

Using and Testing Handheld Portable Assistive Technology Devices to Support Students with Autism
09-10/15/EJS

School:  Hebbville Academy
Grade: 5-12
School Board:  South Shore Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Catherine Rahey
Team Members:  Yvonne Rafuse

The iPod Touch is a powerful portable device that has the potential to provide students with Autism Spectrum Disorder a wide variety of "on the go" daily supports. From list making options to visual timers this portable device is proving to be a powerful education and communication tool for students with ASD. This grant will provide 10 iPod Touches to students with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. APPS including Visual Timer can monitor and set limits on classroom activities. The students will be taught how to use the devices, as will their teams. A variety of APPs will allow students to be independent and learn to self monitor their activities noted on their daily schedules, picture based schedules can easily be developed by the classroom teacher and support workers using 1000 Words (currently in Beta test mode) and Proloquo2Go is an APP that provides affordable and engaging Augmentative and Alternative Communication supports to specific students. These are just a few APPS that we will be testing and implementing in our school system to support students with ASD.

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Fast Forword Programming
09-10/48/EJS

School:  Whycocomagh Education Centre
Grade: P-12
School Board:  Strait Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Betsy Jardine
Team Members:  Debbie MacKay, Mary Humphrey, Ann Whalley

The Fast Forword Project Team from Whycocomagh Education Centre will target reading development in children that have exhausted current options for reading. Fast Forword is designed on the latest neurological research in which the brain is no longer viewed as unchangeable, but as an active organ that continues to change and develop new pathways throughout its life. 

Learning maps developed through the intensive programming target improvements in memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing. The program adjusts itself to the child becoming increasingly more challenging as the students improve in performance and lessens in difficulty if the child is struggling, maintaining a ratio of success for the child.

The program will be implemented in a short term intensive manner. The students will have their schedule changed to allow them to use the Fast Forword technology for 30-90 minutes daily for 10-12 weeks.  Installing the program to a laptop will allow easy sharing amongst three schools within the Strait region.

This program claims to improve a child's reading ability 1.3 years in 12 weeks of 90 minute per day programming. Testing with children in different geographic locations within the Strait Regional Board will help to determine the software's effectiveness.

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2008-2009

Ways of Knowing About Salmon & Eels
08-09/39/EJS

School:  North Queens School
School Board:  South Shore Regional School Board
Project Coordinator:  Sylvia Moore
Team Members:  Yvette Rawding

In "Ways of Knowing About Salmon and Eels: Integrating Mi'kmaq and Scientific Learning at North Queens School", the school and the community of Wildcat First Nation will work together to create this cross-grade, cross-curricula project focused on the life cycle of salmon and eels and the interrelationship of all life on earth. The salmon eggs will hatch in an aquarium located in the school and the eels will be housed in an aquarium in the First Nations community. The project will culminate in the release of the salmon and eels at a gathering that includes a Mi'kmaq drumming ceremony.

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